Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has revealed he had the chance to sign for Manchester United this summer but turned the offer down.
The Spanish forward had been tipped to reunite with Man United boss Jose Mourinho, who gave Morata his Real Madrid debut some years ago, this summer in a £75million transfer.
However, after much speculation that things would go the opposite way, Morata joined Chelsea and former–Blues player Romelu Lukaku signed for United for an initial £75million from Everton.
It appeared because of the speed with which United signed Lukaku after their initial interest was reported, that the Belgian forward was the club’s first choice this summer. However, if Morata is correct that he was offered the chance to join United, that may not be the case. Although, it’s possible that United were talking to both forwards at the same time
Explaining why he signed for Chelsea to the Daily Mail, Morata said: “They demonstrated to me that they really wanted me. I had the chance to go to Manchester United and other teams in the Premier League.
“The important thing is I’m part of Chelsea and I’m very happy with this and now it’s time to fight for the blue shirt. I want to play well and win with this shirt.”
Whatever did happen, United fans, on the whole, are please that the Reds went for Lukaku this summer. Though he is currently on a six-game goal drought, the 24-year-old started his Old Trafford career in stunning fashion with 11 goals in his first 10 games.
His partnership with French midfielder and friend Paul Pogba, before United’s star man suffered an injury in September, was blossoming very nicely.